Looking Back and Looking Forward

Every year I’ve made cooking goals for myself. There are always new recipes to try, new techniques to learn. I’ve posted a list of goals in 2016, 2016, and 2017. With my new blog, I figured I’d keep up this tradition, even if I haven’t met all of my goals in the previous years.

Before I started this blog, my repertoire was limited to pre-made foods that could be boiled, microwaved, or toasted in a toaster. I started Foodie Learns to Cook in July 2015. By the end of the year, I could make some basic breakfast foods, including eggs, bacon, smoothies, and coffee. I could also make some simple meals like grilled cheese and mac and cheese from scratch. It was also around that time that I discovered my affinity for baking. Even though I could barely fry an egg, I could bake cakes from scratch without much trouble. My crowning achievement was a completely homemade pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving.

Starting in 2016, I was looking forward to expanding my abilities beyond breakfast. I learned to make some classics, like hamburgers, roasted veggies, and spaghetti with meatballs (well, sauce). I tried more complicated dinners like spaghetti carbonara (one of the first notorious foodie fails) and spaghetti squash. Meanwhile, my baking continued to improve. I’m now pretty famous at work for my Nutella stuffed chocolate chip cookies.

Last year, although I made many many new dishes, there were several dishes I didn’t share with my readers. They were edible, but they weren’t the kind of food I wanted to be cooking. I got a bit ahead of myself. I was so proud of my progress that I started getting grandiose in my goals. I made a list of nineteen foods to bake and cook, mostly requiring more advanced kitchen skills. I only ended up making six.

Once I started cooking this year, I realized that I still make plenty of mistakes. I’m still learning and my goals should reflect that. For 2018, I have compiled a list of fifteen foods committed to the basics, as opposed to rushing to make as many dishes as I can. It’s my hope that I’ll be able to cook through the fifteen basics and these goals before the end of the year. Fortunately some of them overlap:

  1. Pulled Pork
  2. Roast Chicken
  3. Sourdough
  4. Quesadillas
  5. Scones
  6. Trifle
  7. Madelines
  8. Quiche
  9. Cocktail
  10. Salad with Homemade Dressed
  11. Cinnamon Rolls
  12. Steak and Mashed Potatoes
  13. Frittata
  14. A Homemade Condiment
  15. French Press Coffee
Have you made a goal list? Are you hoping to learn your favorites or challenge yourself? Comment with your own goals!

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